Friday, 27 March 2015

Dogs are a Girls best friend....

Last Saturday, saw the M family travel up to Lancaster to visit Auntie H and Uncle C. They aren't actually the girls uncle and auntie, but we like to keep some old fashioned ways, and anyone that has been long standing friends, and whom the girls have grown up around and loved from the very start get the "auntie and uncle" title too. H and C love the girls as much as the girls love them, so the title easily goes. Winston their gorgeous Labrador, has also been around since the girls were born. We have video's of J less then 18 months feeding him a treat, and not letting go, so her hand just gets licked to bits, with hysterical laughter. When we were asked, "what would you like to do?" The coast was an easy decision, with it being over a 2hour drive away from home, any opportunity for some sea air, gets the go ahead from us. Plus it meant Winston could come too. H and C took us to the Heysham coast line, with some ruins from an old chapel. The girls were excited....
 
 
As it opened up to the coast line, we realised the tide was in, so there was no beach today... S was not impressed, she wanted to build sandcastles...  but the scenery was just stunning...

 
S soon forgot about the sandcastle building, and soon started chasing Winston around, with it being a race on who could get to the ball first... not really a fair race to be honest though...


After a bit of running around, little S needed a rest, and perched herself next to Uncle C, whom she adores...


...before seeing J making the most of the squidgy, soft grass, who was throwing her self on it, and deciding she wanted to copy, and have a grass fight...

 
Winston soon popped back with his ball, and so J was off, trying to get him to drop the beloved toy... a game of tug of war then proceeded.... J was definitely going to sleep well...
 
 
 Daddy then wanted in on the game, and just occasionally Winston would drop it long enough for it to be grabbed and thrown again....


....right into the middle of some brambles....  the guys then had to retrieve the ball....


Which left S to bundle auntie H, time and time again, doing super long run ups.... she was going to sleep well too....

                          
 
 After the ball was back safe, we decided to go and explore the ruins of the chapel, and when I say explore, J thought I meant climb...

 
The perfect doorway, made the perfect frame for a photo. The girls weren't in the mood for posing though...

 
After exploring the coast line, we then headed back to the car park, where we spotted a park. As the sun was shining bright and warm for a spring day, we decided to stay a little longer and tire the girls out just a little more...

 
We love the mini teacups at the park, as J loves loosing her balance from it... we always have a little giggle too, trying to see if she can walk straight after...

 
 


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Friday, 20 March 2015

Up on the cloud

When we moved to East Cheshire, just under a year ago, my dream was always to do country walks with the girlies, with a packed lunch, exploring everywhere around us. This hasn't really happened, and instead, we have been travelling further afield to national trust paces. Which are fab. But has left our countryside on our doorstep, untouched. Yesterday, I just had the urge to go for a walk, but wanted something a little challenging, but something that S could still do too. A little Google search later, I stumbled across a walk that started just 1.5miles from home. It was 2.54miles long, so a suitable distance for S, who seems to be walking more and more each time, but a little more challenging as it wasn't flat. The walk if you are interested, and in the area, can be found here.  Daddy also came along for the walk. So off we went armed with a picnic, making the most of the blue skies, spring is bringing with it. We started on quiet country roads, looking at the amazing houses, in such an idyllic location....
 
 
...and then climbed, very muddy, step steps, with a few little slips from S, they don't look that steep here, but closer to the top, I couldn't look down... when we got to the top, we realised we could of avoided these steps, and walked around them... whoops...

 
On the top, S was more then happy, as she could run free.... she noticed we were in the woods, and told Daddy she likes the woods, and off she ran...
 
 
It soon got a little more rocky, and she needed a balancing hand again... I was pleased that we no longer needed the pushchair, as I would of found it extremely difficult here, no matter how "off road" it is....
 

....We then came across the sign, that reassured us we were on the correct path.. yeay!!

 
Along the muddy up hill path through the woods, S spotted a lady bird, and made a beeline for it... the ladybird had other ideas though, and flew off, much to S's disappointment.

 
She was then on the hunt for more insects, and more importantly, a wand, as apparently all fairies, need wands...

 
After the woods, we emerged on to the common, with much bigger rocks to climb, to help keep the path together, there was one in particular that S actually had to climb...  and then she broke into song "she'll be coming around the mountain when she comes..." that was our theme tune this hike/walk.  She also found it really interesting, that the national trust men, were moving a really big boulder with poles across the common...


We, eventually hit the summit...  it was very busy on top, as a walking group were having their lunch, and had the same idea as us. The sky was still blue, and it was calm, perfect picnic weather watching the world go by.... its a shame it was so hazy, but we could still pick places out... if it was clear, we could see 360 degrees....

 
S wasn't interested in her picnic, she was too interested in telling some dogs not to eat her sarnies...


 
After our picnic, it was time to start the walk back down, so we wouldn't be late in picking J up from school. There was still plenty of views to be seen...


...and special spells to turn everyone pink, to be made.... a perfect spot for casting magic spells....

 
When it came to our first stile, S decided to climb under, rather then going over. She is so independent, its unreal...

 
...and said hello to some sheep... it was nice to see a farmer had sectioned off the right of way to keep us away from the live stock.... I am petrified of walking in fields with cows. The theme tune then turned to baa baa black sheep...

 
S then needed a little loo break, and wanted to play with a fallen tree, it was great lighting, but she refused to do a nice pose, instead, this was the best I got... BUT she is smiling...

 
We then came back along the path that we started on, and whoosh, she was gone....

 
After the country roads and having to hold hands again, we then opened up on to some grass by the car park, she put on a little dancing show, using a drain cover as a stage, and then asked if we could go home, I thought we had finally tired her out...

 
Then, she saw the huge pile of stones in the car park, and she wanted to play again... queue the "she's coming around the mountain...." whilst she climbed up, and ran down, time and time again...




 
Before leaving with a huge pile of stones for her "collection" of course...   It was lovely to have a walk at S's pace, and have the 2:1 quality time with her, away from phones, TV's and computers. Enjoying the great outdoors.... We shall be doing this walk again, especially as once J found out, she was very upset, that we didn't take her out of school so she could come with us... that's a day ticked off for the Easter holidays then...
 
Do you have any walks with great views near you?
 
 
 
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Friday, 6 March 2015

...Goodbye....

This post is in dedication to our garden. This week saw the start of the work, I personally have been dreading. When we moved in 11 months ago, we were delighted with our HUGE garden, and after all, its what swung the different area to our "ideal" to somewhere a little further then we wanted. After a few weeks, the mammoth task of cutting the grass started taking its toll. A new lawn mower  later, and hubby finally agreeing to help cut the grass despite his hay fever helped ALOT!! (He has got away with cutting the grass for over 8 years.. I even cut the lawn the day I went into labour with J).  A few weeks after moving in we got the letter through the door stating that planning permission was going through for plans to build a bungalow on OUR garden. Renting sure does has its downfalls. The landlord reassured us it wouldn't happen, how ever a messy divorce with one of the house owners means it is now happening....
 
The start was removing the first of the two trees.... the tree my girls believed the fairies lived underneath.... 
 


Both the trees in the garden are willows, and the girls, especially J loved it when we hadn't trimmed them, so she could try and reach the branches.... I always dreamed and hoped that one day we wouldn't trim it, and it would be grown to the floor, perfect for a natural den...


 
 The garden and tree's were also home to lots f wildlife, including a family of squirrels... many mornings were spent watching the animals fly in and out...


The size of the garden meant we could do ANYTHING we liked in the garden, including having the space for J to have her birthday hosted in it, including the bouncy castle with slide, swings....


 
...whilst still having room to play football if the bouncy castle wasn't of interest...

 
We spent a lot of the summer in the garden, the tree's allowed shade, whilst the open space at the back, meant it was a perfect sun trap too....  im just glad we got to appreciate it last year...
 
RIP TREE.....
 
In the summer, the garden was full of greenery, and it looked so alive. However in the winter its not looking so alive...  the girls wanted to say goodbye to the tree before school, I wasn't expecting kisses and hugs, but the tree got them....
 

The tree surgeon was soon up the tree, and then there was no going back....  the top branches went first....


....until it was just the trunk left. As it was leaning, towards the neighbours, they decided a winch would be best, just in case...


...this is the moment the tree came down.... the house shook... and we now have two holes in our grass from the impact....


Once it was done, it was then time to chop it up....

 
The result was the tree taking up the whole of the back of the garden... this is how it should have remained until the builders rolled in, however the landlord has decided to keep them sweet, and has now removed the branches, and left the logs and trunk for my dad for burning wood... my dad is very happy...


So fairies.... your wonderful home has now gone, and it will soon be under more ground, and hopefully have some nice turf on top...

 
This means no more gardening, for a while at least.... as the rockery will be going too....
 
 
...and all our beautiful photos of summer 2014, will be just treasured memories with all the greenery around...
 
Instead, the start of 2015, will be spent making a new home for the fairies with twigs....  

 
 
 
*Please note, that although this tree came down so the new property could go up, it was in fact dangerous. It was rotten to the core, and dying....  and not really a home to the fairies...
 
 
 
Here is to new memories being made in a smaller garden, which wont take a full day to cut the grass.
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